American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore

Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Dedicated to the unusual creations of the "outsider art" movement, American Visionary Art Museum features more than 4,000 works off-the-wall, unorthodox pieces. Known also as "raw art" or "self-taught art," visionary works displayed in the museum focus primarily on self-discovery, individuality, timelessness, and exploration of the mind. You'll find that the museum generally has no permanent curators, as its community-based approach means that most are brought in as guests. Regardless of your artistic leanings, you can view the pieces and learn about the "visionaries" creating them. Check the museum's website for information regarding special tours, art talks, and traveling exhibits. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to American Visionary Art Museum and many more Baltimore attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Baltimore trip tool.
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  • I love this museum but was disappointed in the Healing and Compassion show. I'd hoped that I'd come away with a feeling of both... but the show somehow included huge portraits of white supremacists...  more »
  • What do you expect from a liberal museum, if you are of Christian beliefs or Conservative values this is not for you. Plenty of art showing that all conservatives are racist and all conservatives...  more »
  • This museum is incredible and it can easily be seen in about 2 hours. I loved the imagination of the artists and the background of how this museum got started. Bringing art to troubled youths has...  more »
  • The American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore had a variety of collections with interesting pieces. There was an altering mirror that was nice to take funny pictures, they have a great view on the top floor (don’t take pictures with flash!!) The gift shop had to be my favorite spot with interesting items like funky sunglasses and coasters that said explicitly funny things.
  • Amazing, full of colorful interesting creations by extremely talented artists. This place is packed with all different kinds of modern and unique art like no other. You could spend hours reading about each piece or just take in the beauty. My favorite part was the large pieces like the sculpture of Divine.
  • Definately check out the gift shop. It's like a separate museum of its own. There was a lot of cool stuff in there. Sixteen bucks is kinda steep given the number of free museums of a higher caliber nearby. We went near closing time where the entrance fee is donation based. I would recommend doing that.
  • I had a really good time here. It was not at all crowded on a Friday afternoon. We spend a good two hours wandering through the galleries before making our way to the store. The store was almost like another gallery. It was full of interesting items and the staff was very friendly.
  • This place is kind of off the wall (visit the magic flatulence post), weird, unpretentious and totally fascinating. Even though it's "outsider" art, the artists are very clearly very skilled and oftentimes tell really interesting stories with their work. I really enjoyed the parenthood exhibit and will be sure to return.

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